We follow the Talkabout scheme devised by Alex Kelly. This is a complete package to help assess a child's social skills and identify where to start work. This resource covers self-awareness, self-esteem, non-verbal behaviour and friendship skills.

Pupils who participate in the programme are usually identified during Year 6 transition reviews. The County's Speech and Language Therapist and Year Leaders also refer children who have social, language and communication difficulties.

Teen Talkabout is a complete group work resource used for Talkabout intervention offering a hierarchical approach to teaching social and relationship skills to teenagers. The version used in Talkabout has been specifically designed for teenagers, this practical workbook provides ready-made material for running social and relationship skills groups with older children and young adults.

The resource is divided into five, hierarchical modules; self awareness and self esteem, body language, conversational skills, friendship skills and assertiveness skills.

The Talkabout tool is accessed via an initial assessment. Prior to using this resource it is necessary to undertake a short assessment on the pupil to highlight the module that is most appropriate to teach and the skills within that module that are relevant. You will be trained to use the assessment tool prior to assessing a pupil. The Talkabout assessment will identify the programme of study that should be undertaken with pupils. Talkabout should be delivered in small groups.

Pupils are assessed and put into an appropriate group consisting of no more than 5 pupils. Each topic is divided into sub sections which can take up to five sessions to complete. A mixture of activities including group discussions, worksheets, handouts, games and a DVD showing both correct and incorrect modelling are used to achieve this.

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